Christian School Blames Black Girl For Being Bullied, Threatens To Expel Her (VIDEO)

 Christian School Threatens To Expel African-American Girl For Being Bullied By Classmates.

A Christian School is actually threatening to expel an African- American girl because she was bullied over her hair.

Vanessa VanDyke has been attending Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, Florida since she was in third grade. And now she’s being threatened with expulsion by school officials because of her hairstyle.

A Christian school threatened to expel an African-American girl if she didn’t cut her hair to appease those bullying her

The now 12-year-old seventh grader has had the same “puffy” and “unique” hairstyle all year long. Recently, fellow students began bullying her because of her hair and the harassment was brought to the attention of school administrators. Rather than punish the students who bullied VanDyke about her hair, the “Christian” school chose to target her instead.

Apparently, the African-American girl’s hairstyle isn’t white enough for school officials, who ordered her to cut, straighten, and reshape her hair to meet their stringent standards.

VanDyke and her mother are fighting back against the school

Of course, VanDyke and her mother, Sabrina Kent, are refusing to bow down to the demands of the private institution. They rightfully believe the school should deal with the bullies instead of picking on an innocent girl.

VanDyke told Eyewitness 10 News:

It says that I’m unique. First of all, it’s puffy and I like it that way. I know people will tease me about it because it’s not straight. I don’t fit in. I’m depressed about leaving my friends and people that I’ve known for a while, but I’d rather have that than the principals and administrators picking on me and saying that I should change my hair.

And that’s exactly the point. VanDyke shouldn’t be forced to change who she is. It seems Faith Christian Academy is siding with bullies over a girl who did nothing wrong. All she did was wear her hair in a way that other students hate or are jealous of. VanDyke doesn’t look the way other students do. So they’re teasing her about it, and the school is just letting them do it.

VanDyke’s mother confirmed to channel 10:

There have been bullies in the school. There have been people teasing her about her hair, and it seems to me that they’re blaming her.

The school says VanDyke’s hair is a distraction, which is a lame excuse considering she’s had her hair that way for a year without a problem. Now that students are singling her out  for torment, the school says it’s all VanDyke’s fault. So, she either has to cut her marvelous hair to look like everyone else or be kicked out. It’s wrong on so many levels.

Kent continued:

A distraction to one person is not a distraction to another. You can have a kid come in with pimples on his face. Are you going to call that a distraction?

Again, another excellent point. What couldn’t be called a distraction in school these days? Clothing, hairstyles, piercings, skin color, sexual orientation, scars, crutches, a wheelchair, and even gender could be easily labeled as distractions by the school. What’s the school going to do? Expel everyone who doesn’t fit into the “Christian” mold as held up by the school? Why is it so hard for school officials to act like the adults they claim to be and nip bullying in the bud instead of punishing the victims? The school may not be fighting on behalf of her daughter, but Kent is.

I’m going to fight for my daughter. If she wants her hair like that, she will keep her hair like that. There are people out there who may think that natural hair is not appropriate. She is beautiful the way she is.

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Bravo to Vandyke’s mother for defending her daughter’s individuality against bigoted Christian school officials

This is the kind of defense every kid should  receive from their parents. After all, VanDyke is an American citizen. America is the land that celebrates individuality. For some reason, Faith Christian Academy seems to have forgotten that. It’s either that or they just  don’t care about American values.

Schools have targeted the hair of African-American girls before

This incident smacks of racism and discrimination. As a fellow colleague of  mine once stated puffy hair is “the default setting for African-American’s hair,” and that it takes a whole lot of extra work to straighten it and keep it that way. African-Americans simply have naturally puffy hair that many people wish they could have. This was in response to a September incident in which an Oklahoma school told a 7-year-old black girl to change her hairstyle or be suspended. In that case too, the school said the hair was “distracting.” She had dreadlocks with a pink bow on top. In short, her hair wasn’t distracting at all. It just didn’t look white enough for racist white school personnel in conservative Oklahoma. If the little girl had been white and blond, she’d be called ‘adorable.’ Vandyke is  facing the exact same situation.

Faith Christian Academy doesn’t deserve to be called a school or Christian

At a time when bullying has become a national issue that has resulted in suicides among those who have been victimized, it is outrageous that any school would blame the victim instead of the bullies. School officials are not only blaming the victim, they are aiding the bullies by forcing her to  cut her hair. They might as well tie VanDyke to a chair and shave her hair off in one big bully party. Then they can pick on other students who happen to be different. The school is also discriminating against her. It’s not her fault her hair is naturally puffy. Part of the Christian doctrine is about accepting people for who they are. This school doesn’t deserve to call itself Christian. It doesn’t even deserve to be called a school. It’s a haven for prejudice, hate, and bullying. And here I thought Jesus commanded that we all love one another. Apparently, this “Christian school” has never heard of Jesus either.